June 8, 2016 ~ Year 8, No. 42


Castro County 4-Her’s started the summer off at Junior Leader Lab in Levelland at South Plains College on May 31-June 2nd. Fifteen campers age 3rd grade to 7th grade attended the camp, with High schoolers Anna Huseman and Roxanne Wilhelm serving as counselors. Craig Campbell, Castro Ag/Nr agent also attended. The camp builds leadership skills, introducing projects, and has lots of fun games, and dances. “The leadership games are so fun, the kids laugh, we laugh, and we all learn to work with it each other”, Anna Huseman said. The camp ended Thursday with awards, and Ryan Heitschmidt brought home camper of the year!


Picture1 4-H members who attended from Castro County



Over 100 elementary and junior high boys and girls attended the basketball camps that were held the first week of summer for future Swifts and Swiftettes.

Coach Nathan Branum and helper Dustin Kern ran the boys’ camps, with an older group in the morning and a younger group in the afternoon.

Coach Eric Schilling and helpers Mackenzie Gerber and Hannah Leavitt worked with the girls each day also with an older and younger camp.

Picture2Boys who attended camp for kindergarten through 3rd grade


Congratulations to the Swifts for winning the Silver Bracket Championship at the Wayland Baptist University team camp in Plainview June 3-5. After 5 games, the team defeated Shallowater 51-40 and Midland Trinity 59-29 in the tournament. Also, congratulations to Jake Gerber for being awarded MVP in addition to being named to the All-Star team!

Picture4Varsity Swifts after their tournament win


Picture3The Exercise Class for Seniors is in its fourth week, attended by 12-19 participants each session (Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1:30pm in the Home Mercantile Building).  Instructor Debbie Perez (facing the group) leads attendees through standing and sitting exercises for 30 minutes.  All are welcome to attend any session.


Picture5On Leaving Unique Marks
From Lexy Ethridge at Baccalaureate

William Shakespeare wrote that “there is a tide in the affairs of humans, which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. All the voyages of their life is bound in shallows and miseries. On such a full sea we are now afloat, and we must take the high current when it serves, or lose our ventures”.

Life is incredibly short and opportunities are rare, and when we are blessed with them we have to be diligent in pursuing them. Each senior here has been presented with not only the opportunity to succeed, but the chance to laugh, to love, and to see the beauty in everything. But remember, life doesn’t owe us anything. In fact, I believe that we owe something to world. We are blessed with many talents and gifts and it’s our duty to use all of them to the best of our ability. Do not ever forgot about the support from this entire community. We pray that as you go from this school and community that you leave a unique mark upon this world.

Now, to the eighth grade. Do not be afraid to take chances and try new things. High school is all about learning who you are and who you are supposed to be. Always stay true to yourself and never get discouraged because something knocked you down in the four years ahead — stand up taller than you ever were.

Lastly, a verse from scripture: Proverbs 3:5-6 says to “trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight”.


Nazareth’s Memories of Bernice Hoelting Still Touch Her Home 

Memories seem to pop-up as one drives down 2nd Street in Nazareth of that lovely and persevering friend and neighbor who courageously “fought the good fight” for health in her daily walks around Naz, as well as her positive attitude of house building and confirming her belief in this village’s growth.  Her beautiful three-bedroom home was for the future, not just for herself, and was one of the many new ones built recently here in the community.   An Open House, in view of finding a new owner filled with that same positive spirit, will be held at 213 2nd Street on Sunday, June 12th, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.   All invited to see a house that “spirit” built.



2nd Annual Nazareth Softball Tournament

June 11th & 12th

at the Nazareth Ballpark.

There will also be a Horseshoe Tournament Contact K’Lynn Gerber at 647-6057 to enter.

The concession stand will be serving meals each day. The community is welcome to join. Money raised will go towards improvements at the ballpark.


Happy 100th Birthday Brigitta Dobmeier

An Open House & Reception will be held at the Community Hall from 11:00am-1:00pm on Sunday, June 12th to celebrate a century of living. Come wish Brigitta a Happy Birthday!


Karen Setlowe, a playwright based in South Carolina with Nazareth connections through the late Ernie, Florine and Richard Brockman, has visited Nazareth the past two years to do research and writing for her new play “Gift of the Panhandle”, which is based on life in the Texas Panhandle, especially Nazareth. She will be returning to Nazareth July 7-16 at the Yellow Rose Inn to continue development of the play. She is looking for people, teenagers and older, who would enjoy being a part of an informal, private, Nazareth gathering to read parts of the script-in-progress. It will include discussion with participants from both a historical and personal perspective. For more information or to express your interest, contact Karen at (864) 650-6818.



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